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  1. per·ish
    IPA[ˈperiSH]
  2. verb

    • 1. suffer death, typically in a violent, sudden, or untimely way:

      a great part of his army perished of hunger and disease
      Synonym : die, lose one's life, be killed, fall, expire, meet one's death, be lost, lay down one's life, breathe one's last, draw one's last breath, pass away, go the way of all flesh, give up the ghost, go to glory, meet one's maker, go to one's last resting place, cross the great divide, bite the dust, kick the bucket, cash in one's chips, croak, flatline, turn up one's toes, shuffle off this mortal coil, go the way of the dinosaurs, conk out, buy it, snuff it, peg out, pop one's clogs, hop the twig/stick, bite the big one, buy the farm, check out, hand in one's dinner pail, go bung, exit, decease, depart this life
    • 2. suffer complete ruin or destruction:

      the old regime had to perish
      Synonym : come to an end, die (away), be destroyed, cease to exist, disappear, vanish, fade, dissolve, evaporate, melt away, pass into oblivion, wither
    • 3. (of rubber, a foodstuff, or other organic substance) lose its normal qualities; rot or decay:

      most domestic building was in wood and has perished
      Synonym : go bad, go off, spoil, rot, go moldy, molder, putrefy, decay, decompose, deteriorate, disintegrate, fall apart, crumble
  3. Variation

    • v.: verb: perish, 3rd person present: perishes, gerund or present participle: perishing, past tense: perished, past participle: perished

    • verb

      die, especially in a violent or sudden way:

      suffer complete ruin or destruction:

    • used, often ironically, to show that one finds a suggestion or idea completely ridiculous or unwelcome
    • used, often ironically, to show that one finds a suggestion or idea completely ridiculous or unwelcome
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